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Windows 7: sharing a hard drive with other computers in a workgroup

22 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
sharing a hard drive with other computers in a workgroup

Hello,

I'm connected to a workgroup via a wireless network. Some of the computers in the workgroup are windows xp and some have windows 7. We need certain harddrives on the computers to be accessible to all workgroup users. My problem is that in the windows 7 computers, I can't manage to make hard drives accessible, although I went to advanced sharing and to permissions, and allowed 'everyone' to read edit etc, in short, gave all possible permissions. I still cannot access those harddrives from other computers in the group, even though the computer itself (to which the drives belong) is part of the network, and I can access its public folders.

Any ideas?

Thanks a lot!

Dina

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22 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Hello Lipkind and welcome to the forum.

In order to share an entire harddrive in Windows 7 you need to set the permission settings as you have already done but also the Security settings need to be set to allow Everyone to access it. This is an extra layer of security that has been added for drive sharing with Windows 7.

To share the entire drive:
Open My Computer -> right click Local Disk D or which ever drive letter your drive is using -> select Properties -> select Security tab -> click Edit button -> click Add button -> enter the name of the User you want to set Security permissions (it is the same user name you've set the sharing permissions for, ex. Everyone will set the read permissions to every user. Put check marks in the boxes for full access and control -> click OK hit apply-> select with check marks the desired permissions -> click OK -> wait while permissions are set -> and your Done.
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22 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 
it worked!

Thanks a lot

Dina
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22 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

No problem lipkind, it's a common problem and comes up about once a week.
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